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Federal forests are owned by the people of the United States and managed for the benefit of the general public by specific agencies through the Department of Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service) and Department of the Interior (Bureau of Land Management - BLM, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.) These often-large blocks of public forestland are managed for a variety of uses. Management activities must comply with a host of federal laws and regulations and are influenced by public input.

National Forests: Idaho’s seven national forests account for nearly 40% of Idaho’s land mass, a higher percentage than in any other state! Of the 20.5 million acres of national forests in the state, 16.3 million are designated as forestland and 11.9 million as timberland. Four million acres of Idaho’s national forests are federally designated as Wilderness and off-limits for timber harvesting and motorized recreation. Another 8.4 million acres are currently undeveloped and without road access.

Tree IconFOREST FACT: Not all national forests are forests! Of the 20.4 million acres of National Forests managed by the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho, nearly 80% or 16.3 million acres are forested.


Tree IconFOREST FACT: While most federal forests in Idaho are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, 900,000 acres of Idaho forests are managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


U.S. Forest Service map of IdahoWho Runs the Forest Service

The Forest Management Process

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